An alleged child internet predator has been arrested. During original contact with 55 year old Yuma resident David Gardner in an internet chat room, Yavapai County Sheriff’s Detectives portrayed themselves as a 12 year old female. Gardner expressed sexual interest in her and as the online relationship developed, a detective introduced herself as a 14 year old friend of the 12 year old, whom Gardner eventually agreed to meet. The suspect drove to an area park as arranged to meet with the girl. Sheriff’s Office Spokesman Dwight D’Evelyn says deputies were waiting to take the suspect into custody:
Gardner faces 3 counts of luring a minor for sexual exploitation. Additional charges are likely.
The Arizona Sundogs have announced a preseason game. That game will be played against the Colorado Eagles at the Budweiser Events Center in Loveland, Colorado. This October 9th game will mark the 3rd preseason meeting between the 2 franchises. Arizona has a 4 win, 1 loss and 1 overtime loss record in preseason games and they have no losses against the Eagles. Both wins came in overtime at the Budweiser Events Center prior to the start of the 2006-07 season. This exhibition game will be broadcast live on Cattle Country, 94.3 FM KDDL starting at 6:05. Fans will also be able to listen online at cattlecountryradio.com.
Yavapai County Supervisor Carol Springer will be hosting some town hall meetings. Springer, who represents County District One has announced the first meeting will be held tonight at the Paulden Community Center, located at 24050 North Marblehead. In addition to Springer, Public Works Director Phil Bourdon, Development Services Director Chad Daines, Sheriff Steve Waugh and members of their staffs will give short presentations on pertinent County issues with questions and comments to follow. Other town hall meetings are scheduled to take place on Monday, September 14th at the Skull Valley Community Center, on Wednesday, September 16th at the Arizona Department of Transportation building in Ash Fork and on Tuesday, September 22nd at the Seligman Unified School District cafeteria. Start time for all meetings is 6 pm.
September is Library Card Sign-up Month. Activities at the downtown Prescott library include the debut of a new card design in wallet and keychain sizes, special displays and a library card party for kids on September 22nd. According to Library Director Toni Kaus, kids can come to the library to get homework help and check out books, but they can also play games, check out music, audio books and DVDs and use the Internet. Getting a library card is easy for any Yavapai County resident. Just bring current photo identification and proof of a county address to either the checkout desk at the downtown library or to the Prescott Gateway Branch Library. Observed since 1987, Library Card Sign-up Month is a time when the American Library Association and libraries across the country remind parents that a library card is the most important school supply of all.
The Yavapai Combined Trust Advisory Group meets at 9 tomorrow morning. Discussion items include a request for proposals, financial statements including the Zobel financial audit, urgent care, ambulance and hospital emergency room co-pay; Bradshaw and Labcorp customer service issues, appeal issues, Blue Cross Blue Shield contractual changes and the flu shot schedule. The group is also scheduled to receive an update from the Plan Administrator. The Trust provides health insurance for employees of Yavapai County, Yavapai College, the City of Prescott and the Town of Chino Valley. The County has 3 representatives, Prescott and the college each has 2 representatives and Chino Valley has one. The meeting will be held in the downstairs conference room at Prescott City Hall.
The Prescott Unified School District Board has approved an intergovernmental agreement. Mountain Institute Superintendent Ray Polvani told the board this is an agreement with each of the 7 school districts participating in the Joint Technological Education District. Polvani explains why this agreement is necessary:
Polvani says the J-TED is trying to fill a need in Yavapai County:
In addition to the programs and course offerings, the agreement outlines financial provisions and how the revenue generated by the institute will be disbursed to the 7 satellite districts.
Polvani adds it is still unclear how the Institute and J-TED programs will be funded since the budget reconciliation bill has not been signed by the Governor.
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